February 2nd, 2015


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Email from Student Finance on Saturday: Why haven't you paid your fees yet? Get on with it!
Email to Student Finance on Saturday: Talk to Scholarships. They said they'd pay them within 2 weeks, 3 weeks ago.

Academia is functioning as expected.

But it did serve as a reminder that holy shit I am studying again this year, and it starts in less than a month. I am no less trepidatious about academic writing than I was before, but I am more resigned and somewhat happy that the format for Honours seems to be literature review/abstract/presentation and poster session/8000 word essay over the full year, instead of the Undergrad format that was 2000 word essay/another 2000 word essay/exam in 6 months. I'm not a fan of writing multitudes of short essays - I'd much prefer to write one longer one where I can explore the topic in depth.

But still, there's a certain amount of meeping going on because any academic writing at all is more than I've been doing lately, and I know I'm out of practice. Meanwhile, apparently the editor of the journal we sent the BZP article to quite likes it, which is nice.

In other news, it seems that as Kiwiburn grows, the post-festival Stuff To Deal With list grows as well. Mine now has 12 items on it, and that was before people in the forums started talking about making complaints about the behaviour of specific people. Item 13: develop a policy to deal with behaviour that doesn't warrant banning, that fits with the 10 principles, while making it clear to the person that their behaviour is unacceptable, and also while not setting ourselves up as enforcers or some perceived personal army for other people's vendettas. Fun times.

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